This post marks the first in a recurring series that will be featured on my blog. "Building your natural beauty cabinet" will be all about basic products and ingredients that can be useful in multiple ways to your beauty routine. Think oils, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, etc. I hope to cover these products and many more in the future. For now, I wanted to start off with something I've really been enjoying lately: sweet almond oil.
What's great about it:
- Sweet almond oil is a natural emollient and moisturizer.
- It's suitable for all skin types.
- It has little to no odor.
- It is rich in vitamins and oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids.
- It safe. Sweet almond oil has an EWG rating of 0.
- It's affordable. A 4 oz bottle of pure sweet almond oil can be purchased from around $3 to $9.
Some of its many uses:
- Run a small amount through your hair to add softness and shine. This is my favorite use for it.
- For a moisturizing treatment, coat your hair with, wrap in a warm towel and leave it in, ideally, overnight. You can also warm up the oil first to create a hot oil treatment.
- Massaging your scalp with it can help promote hair growth.
- Remove eye makeup by rubbing a small amount on your eyes.
- Use it as part of face washing using the oil cleansing method.
- It makes a great night time facial moisturizer for all skin types. For that matter, it can be used everywhere. Sweet almond oil is popular for use in massage.
- It can be used in all sorts of homemade beauty recipes such as scrubs and body butter.
- You can shave with it.
- Use it as a carrier oil for aromatherapy.
- Go for the cold pressed, 100% pure varieties, if possible. Cold pressed oils contain more nutrients. I actually made the mistake of buying one that has tocopheryl acetate, which isn't the worst thing in the world, but I'd prefer the pure stuff. (It's a recurring theme: you must be vigilant at reading labels)
- Sweet almond oil can go rancid. It has a shelf life of about 6 to 12 months, which can be extended by keeping it in the refrigerator. Cold, dry places are also good.
- Slight word of warning: this would be a difficult mistake to make, but you should be sure not to purchase bitter almond oil. This type of oil is not safe for these uses.
- Sweet almond oil is also not suitable for people with allergies to nuts.
Recommended Brands: NOW Foods, Nature's Alchemy, Aura Cacia (organics variety only). Available at iherb.com or vitacost.com.
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